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the same people he's supposed to represent? >> trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. i have no interest in doing it. brian: is this really what the democrats are saying? by the way, our slogan from lisa in washington. fox and friends rules the roost. it always gives my morning a great big boost. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute -- www.ncicap.org -- gretchen: good morning. we do start with a fox news alert. at least 45 people are dead after four large blasts rocked central baghdad. nearly 300 people wounded. david piper is live for us in baghdad with the very latest. good morning, david. >> good morning. yes, a series of what seems to be coordinated attacks across the capital today. the two largest were the
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interior mien trie attack and -- ministry attack. the latest in the death toll, 25 dead at the interior ministry, but 50 dead at the foreign ministry with another 300 wounded. the blast was so powerful where we stand, where the fox bureau was rocked, there was structural damage, windows blown in but thankfully nobody was hurt. but when we spoke to one of the staff who had gone to the foreign ministry, he was traveling in a mini bus between the security check point and the foreign ministry when the truck bomb exploded in front of it taking down the front of the building. so you can see there was some kind of security breakdown here today, guys. brian: first off, david, can you tell me this, i heard the blasting walls were being removed from the center of baghdad. is there still a so-called green zone of protection or has that been dissipated? >> only a few blast walls have actually come down so far. it's been very much a
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high-profile attempt by the government to normalize things here. but they haven't brought down the blast walls around the so-called green zone. they're still standing. but it does seem that these car or truck bombs got beyond the iraqi security checkpoints and got near to the building. because at the interior ministry this blast actually damaged a flyover and even brought that down. so you can see that the security situation doesn't seem at all ready for the blast walls to come down, particularly in a high-profile position like the green zone, guys. >> glad you're ok. thanks for the report. >> thank you. brian: two minutes after the hour. gretchen: let's move on to the other big story. the first hurricane of the season headed our way but may not actually hit us. hurricane bill now a category four storm with sustained winds of 135 miles per hour. some projections have it coming ashore on the east coast next week. others show it tracking the coastline but remains at sea.
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in beaumont, texas, cleanup underway after a tornado dropped down in a shopping area. it punched in the roof of one store, overturned some cars and sent shopping carts in all directions. several minor injuries reported. sad news this morning. long-time tv commentator and columnist robert novak is dead. he was 78. you may remember he was diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer. novak was most noted for outing c.i.a. agent valerie plame. his last appearance on our show was just last month when he shyeded reporters for not pushing president obama more on troop levels in iraq. >> the questions that wasn't asked enough was, what is a residual force? he says he's going to keep a residual force to keep al qaeda in bay to train the iraqi forces and to protect our diplomats and officials. that's about 50,000 troops. gretchen: novak wrote "inside washington" for 30 years, then by minimum himself for another
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seven. michael jackson's family saying the king of pop will be buried on august 29 it would have been the singer's 51st birthday. and the doctor in the middle of an investigation into michael jackson's death, conrad murray, breaking his silence on video for the first time. >> i have done all i could do. i told the truth. and i have faith the truth will prevail. god bless you. and thank you. gretchen: the doctor posted that video online to let his family and friends know he's scared to open his e-mail or pick up the phone but he wants them to know he's ok. murray accused of giving jackson that powerful anesthetic just hours before jackson died. president obama heading back to school on television, that is. the commander in chief will appear in a back-to-school television special next month along with kelly clarkson and basketball star lebron james. during the 30-minute documentary
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the president says education is key to people living out their dream. and those are your headlines. brian: the big battle last night. the place? the senior center in massachusetts. at the podium, one representative barney frank. in the stands, his constituents. who's the winner? i just saw a lot of anger or i heard a lot of anger. gretchen: except he was basically saying how dare you constituents come to one of these town halls and get angry with me, we're not going to accomplish anything if we're just going to fight. >> you're going to bankrupt this country, you and the democrats. >> let me respond, sir. but i don't understand your mentality. what do you think to accomplish by yelling? what are you accomplishing by yelling? when you're through yelling, call me. are you incapable of a conversation in which you talk and i talk? you have to interrupt? i don't ask to you trust me. i ask to you have a civil conversation. >> can you pledge to all of us here tonight that if a new
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government single payer system is instituted, that you will opt out of your cadillac insurance and into the same one that we will be forced to take? >> the government is not the church. socialism is taking money that people don't want to give, assuming that can you do better with that money than they can. >> well, i gle that it's socialism to have unemployment compensation. is medicare bankrupt? no, it's not technically bankrupt. it needs money if we hadn't gone to the war in iraq, which i thought was a terrible mistake and voted against, we would have had more than enough money to pay for health care. steve: i think for a moment barney frank actually thought he was on "the bill owe wiley show." in he was doing battle with the people who put him in office in business they say the customer is always right. well, sometimes the customer is not right, but you don't call him an idiot. and for a change with these town
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halls, a lot of legislators are coming face to face with the people who put them in office. there's a guy who went right up to barney to make his point. i don't think these guys are very comfortable. brian: the guy in the blue shirt, chairman of the party there for massachusetts. he was trying to get control. this is my town hall, he was yelling. barney frank was about to kick the guy out. barney frank says, no, no, let him stay. which i also found ironic. there is barney frank telling everyone to stop yelling and he's yelling. so he's yelling back at them. also the same thing he says to bill o'reilly all the time is, can i finish? do i have a chance to talk? gretchen: at least he's showcasing his true personality. the idea here is he actually held the town hall meeting. he's not afraid. we've been hearing about so many of these politicians who are shuttering in their boots at the fact that they might have to answer to their constituents so they're having phone conference town hall meetings or simply canceling them or charging $25 for breakfast.
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at least he had this town hall meeting. brian: i don't know if you know this, but there's a contentious health care debate going on as the president of the united states tries to say, hey, america, i have it right, here's the plan, please accept it. it's not going well. why is it that it's not going well? is it the republican's fault? perhaps it's not. steve: perhaps it is the fact that the president and his people are selling it the wrong way. and, in fact, if you take a look at what's going on right now, there's kind of an intraparty war going on because over the weekend kathleen cebellius said that government option was not an essential part of the president's plan and the far left suddenly goes, wait a minute, this isn't going to pass without that. plus you look at how there's been the model on that and how the president has tried selling it essentially in the beginning as it's going to be about costs and stuff like that. he didn't really show americans how it's going to impact them. that's been the real disconnect. i've already got insurance and i
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like my insurance. you want me to change everything? how's it going to impact me? the president has failed in that respect. gretchen: there are three competing bills right now. and president obama needs to solidify his message here. that's what a lot of people are saying to him now. the critics are saying, look, you were so excellent at selling your message during the campaign, although were there a lot of specifics in that as well? remember, yes, we can and change you can believe in? were there a lot of specifics in that? i'm not so sure. but it's not working this time with the way in which he's selling. so now they're saying maybe you need to evoke a little bit more emotion and talk about the moral implications of not griffing -- giving health care to every american. stay tuned in september because that's going to be the new pitch now. it's going to go more to the emotional side to draw more americans. steve: it's going to happen today because the president is going to do a conference call with a number of left-leaning religious groups where he talks about the moral imperative. people have a right to have
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health care. brian: there are words and there are pictures. let's look at pictures. maybe they tell the story. a cartoon, perhaps. mrs. barack obama in the middle. this is in the "the new york post." maybe it's not delivered to your door yet or you're not quite up. this is barack obama in the middle. a few little defining blushes. one of which is, "i'd like to report some fishy information." that is a reference, tongue-in-cheek, to the website that was set up for people to report to the white house. any dis information that may be coming to their e-mail box. gretchen: the point to this cartoon, coming out of the president's head, "i have not said i was a supporter of single payer. i will not sign a bill that adds to the deficit." and "i'd like to report some fishy information," in other words, we don't understand your plan, mr. president, so could you please explain it better to us? i think it is significant.
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did the presidential lou the speaker of the house to really run away with this whole health care initiative and not take the bull by the horns and say this is my plan? this will be his legacy. his entire presidency right now resting on whether or not health care reform passes. at least in the infant stages. brian: and he skated by by saying the aarp endorses the plan and they didn't. no one's even called him out on it. that is a cut-and-dried issue. overall, to answer your question, of course the speaker of the house -- he said, i'm not writing it, you guys write it. steve: the speaker of the house didn't get him elected. we, the people, voted for the next president of the united states. and he did win. unfortunately for him, and we've been detailing this over the last couple of weeks with this health care debate and stimulus cash for clunkers, suddenly he is losing steam. his numbers are cratering. look at this. it's the moderates, the people in the middle who wind up putting people in the white house because people on the left go for the person on the left, people on the right vote for the person on the right.
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brian: the independents. steve: yeah. look at the independents according to the latest gallup poll. he had 47% of them. and now he is down to 39%. his overall job approval rating is at 52% but the disapproval rating has never been higher. the disapproval rating for barack obama never higher than it is today across america. gretchen: let's look at some of the other key demographic groups. this is very interesting to me. you talked about the independents. what about monthly income under $2,000. steve: that's the red line on the bottom. gretchen: that was 68%. now 64%. nonwhietsz, all combined, was 79%, now 73%. steve: still very high. the blue line. gretchen: ages 18 to 29, many people argued that was one of the key reasons barack obama was elected, was 66%, now 63%. so it appears that in all key demo areas his numbers are slipping and most people would say it's because of this health care reform bill.
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brian: i want you to hear karl rove last night put this in perspective. listen. >> people are now looking at him fundamentally different than they did at the beginning of the year. they see him as a traditional big-spending liberal and they're not comfortable with where he is on the policy questions. and he has declined faster than almost any recent president. i haven't been able to find anybody who's had their negatives rise as fast as he has and his positives have dropped faster than most presidents. steve: so there's karl, who's an expert at that kind of stuff, doing his analysis. give us one reason why you think the president's poll numbers are dropping. e-mail us right now. you can put it in the subject line whether it's stimulus, cash for clunkers. gretchen: coming up, there may not be a board determining who lives and who dies, but the entire health care plan democrats are serving is one big death panel. who's saying that? dick morris. and he's here next to explain.
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gretchen: 17 minutes after the top of the hour. democrats have been scrambling to put to bed the rumors that death panels will decide the fate of your loved ones is part of health care reform. but our next guest says it doesn't matter because this whole bill is one giant death panel. joining us is dick morris, author of "ca tat tas trophy." good morning, dick. >> good morning, gretchen. gretchen: you're saying whether or not they get rid of these panels the whole thing is a death panel. what do you mean? >> there never was a three-judge body that was going to say whether you're going to live or die. the reason people spoke about death panels is because there was end of life information and living wills and counseling which isn't a bad idea.
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the problem is that people were forced into it -- will be forced into it under this bill because they're going to make major cuts in medicare and expand the number of patients without expanding the number of doctors. so patients are going to be told at the age of 75 or 80 no, you can't have that bypass surgery, you can't have that advanced cancer drug. then the patient says but i'll die without it. they'll say we're sorry, you just can't have it. at that point, yeah, you need end of life counseling because they're confronting you with the end of your life. the system inevitably is one that forces people to make those kinds of decisions because it closes off their other options because they're inefficient. gretchen: i want to get your take on the political implications of what happened over the last couple of days because you would understand this more than almost anyone else. when the secretary of health and human services comes out and says, hey, the public option isn't just that important and
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the president himself says that the day before, what do you make of that? was that a trial balloon? what was it? >> i think politically it was a trial balloon because they were being clobbered and they wanted to give some semblance of a compromise. but she was right. it's not an essential element of the bill. because it's like saying i care whether the puppet at the end of the string is a public puppet or a private puppet. the point is it's a puppet. and the puppeteer is the same, the federal government. the public health board will tell the public or the private company who protocols of care are ok, who can receive it, how old you have to be, how long you have to be before you get certain procedures, how many quality adjusted, is the phrase, years of life you have to have left. those will be decisions made by the federal health board which will instruct them what to do. gretchen: if you'll stick around, please, because the c.e.o. of whole foods grocery stores is coming out against health care reform and the
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gretchen: well, there's a whole lot of foolish and health care reform says whole foods' c.e.o. john mackey criticized the health care reform plan calling for more market-based solutions. now the progressive food retailer is under attack by liberals who are calling for a boycott of his stores. brian: we're back with dick morris, the author of the best-seller "catastrophe."
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dick, first off, how significant is this? >> it was number one. now it's four. brian: and it's a great book. >> in "catastrophe" we have a chapter, "the european idea in barack obama's head." this is just an illustration of it. progress can only be made by government mandate, by government fiat. the funniest example was this last year they spent so much time debating mileage standards for cars and now chevy volt is coming out with, what, 200 miles to the gallon? the market solutions are the ones that ultimately work not the government solutions. steve: so regarding whole foods, though, because the top guy there wrote this op-ed that said, you know, i don't think that this whole health care push is such a good idea, he doesn't believe in the right to health care for all across the country. he goes on and on. and now those on the left in fact, the "dark side" wrote "i
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will never, ever shop at your stores again, unless you retract that op-ed, apologize for stabbing us in the back, or resign." this is very personal. >> it's from a guy that runs a grocery store. steve: exactly right. so these on the left feel, hey, that's our grocery store because it's organic and stuff like that. >> sure. it's like nominating sarah palin. you have no right to healthy food or a woman candidate because that's our democratic liberal preserve. look, i think that it's important to realize two things. first of all, we are not denying care to anybody. anyone who goes to an emergency room in the united states of america now gets treated. and it doesn't matter who they are or what their insurance is. and secondly, the obama plan is trying to cover everybody with the blanket that's too small. so sometimes your feet get cold and the elderly don't get covered. sometimes your neck gets cold and the uninsured don't get
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covered. it's not a moral question of denying care. it's a question of who. and i believe that it's fundamentally violates -- we're talking about values. it violates the 10 commandments. to take health care from your parents and give them to younger people. i just don't think that's an appropriate use of what we ought to be doing. gretchen: it's an interesting religious debate. we had a guest exactly talking about that yesterday. >> gretchen, are you incapable of having a civilized conversation? gretchen: who are you impersonating? i think i know! why don't you give it away? >> barney frank. gretchen: all right. we appreciate you holding a town hall with us this morning. thank you very much, dick. always great to see you. >> thank you, gretchen. brian: straight ahead, a fox news alert. we're following this story that we began to show. a series of explosions teard through baghdad's green zone, dozens dead, more than a hundred hurt. details next. gretchen: plus it's a slam dunk
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call or click today. gretchen: now for your headlines because we have to start with a fox news alert. it's 6:30 east coast time. at least 36 to 58 people dead after six large blasts shook central baghdad. 200 to 300 people also wounded. car bombs were set off near iraq's parliament building not far from the heavily fortified green zone. mortar attacks echoed throughout the city, adding to the destruction. we will update you as more information becomes available. steve: meanwhile, former president bill clinton to report on his trip to north korea. clinton retrieved, of course two american journalists who had been in prison from entering the country illegally. the white house says mr. clinton described the process and mr. obama thanked him for going. secretary of state hillary clinton says the triple not change u.s. policy. she was not at that meeting with
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the two of them. hmm. curious. meanwhile, in mexico later today, two diplomats will meet with governor bill richardson. the north koreans asked for the meeting. richardson's office says he will not be negotiating or representing the administration. nonetheless, going to show up. brian: in an effort to keep from closing the governor says she's open to housing federal inmates and prisoners from other states but does not want gitmo detainees. yes, governor granholm says she will continue soliciting states in an attempt save local jobs despite cam cal turning down the offer because of the cost. as for the gitmo detainees, the governor says safety concerns have yet to be answered by federal officials. a town hall meeting tomorrow will reportedly address this issue stirring much debate in that state. gretchen: the cars for clunkers program is making a positive difference apparently for general motors. the company says it is recalling 1,350 laid off workers and
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boosting production for thest of the year, a 35% increase it credits the sales activity generated by the subsidy program and apparently believes people will continue to return to showrooms even after the program expires. steve: meanwhile, there's a logjam in getting h1n1 flu vaccine packaged. one missouri hospital will begin testing the vaccine on children today. each child will get two shots three weeks apart. some will get a higher dose to see if it works faster or better. families of the study will be compensated for their time and travel. brian: another hollywood couple is calling it quits. robin wright penn has filed for -- i can't get through this. i'll try. filing for divorce after 13 years of marriage. this is the third time the couple has filed papers in court. even brett favre says make up your mind. reportedly already agreed to share custody of their 16-year-old son and have divided the property. the reason for the split is listed as irreconcilable
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differences, which was a fine movie. the couple has been together since 1989 and also have an 18-year-old daughter to the. gretchen: they do? wow. steve: let's take a look at what's going on in the weather. there you can see hurricane bill. now bill is a category four hurricane. it's big. 135 miles per hour maximum sustained winds. san juan, puerto rico, in its path. the experts are saying the wind shear is going to be moving it around. it's probably going to take a hard right and scoot up toward bermuda. will it impact the coastal u.s.? we certainly hope not. meanwhile, let's take a look at the balance of the country. we've got a line of thunderstorms moving through the central plain states right now. just moving through the wichita area out in kansas, up through minnesota. it is dry in the east and the west. and on this wednesday morning it is already warm. here in new york city, we have temperatures in the mid 70's all the way from portions of new england back through the ohio
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valley and down through the mid-atlantic and even the gulf coast. some 60's up north. later on today, faze going to be really -- it's going to be really hot. once again, 100 in dallas and el paso. 108 in phoenix. along the eastern seaboard, ealts and 90's -- 80's and 90's will reveil. 60's and 70's out west. take a look. doesn't it say portland will be 99? what's that about? that's your "fox travelcast." brian is not doing a solo sports today. brian: remind me to take this week off. you don't need me this week because this is goodbye intern week. this is when all the interns choose not to do weather. this year in wi 2009 they're choosing to do sports. steph? i calling it quits after a summer. get over here! congratulations on a wonderful contribution to what i call a wonderful show. you have chosen to do sports. >> yes, i have. brian: is it one of your goals
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to be an on-camera presenter? >> i think so. yeah. brian: so this is important to you. >> yes, it is. brian: cue the music. stephanie, go ahead. >> he's back. yes, brett favre is now officially returning to the nfl but this time he'll be a viking. the passing leader has signed a two-year, $25 million deal with minnesota. be sure to circle monday october 5 on your calendar. that's when the packers play favre and his new team for first time this upcoming season. lance armstrong brought traffic to a stand dses still after issuing a twitter invitation for psycforellists to join him. 200 bikers showed up, halting traffic and even delaying a funeral procession. after coming out of a three-year retirement, armstrong finished third in this year's tour de france. it's like a shot straight out of a michael jordan-larry bird mcdonald anesthesia commercial. he shoots it off the scoreboard, off the floor and hits nothing
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but net. it's now the latest and greatest sensation on youtube. brian: wow. unbelievable. he didn't even wear a shirt. it must be much harder like that stephanie, you're from new jersey. >> yes, i am. brian: how much pressure was on your shoulders knowing you're representing that great state and steve was there in judgment. >> nerve wracking. brian: did you learn anything working with us? >> i did. so much about the industry and about life in general. brian: really? in other words, you must have been hanging out with gretchen. steve: what do you mean about life in general? >> you know. just real world experience. gretchen: hopefully you learned about the tv industry. having an internship is a great learning experience. you decide really do you want to stay in the business or do you not. it's not as glamorous as you think. brian: it's clear you spent most of your time with gretchen because she's a deep reservoir of life knowledge. am i right? >> very wise woman. >> thanks.
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brian: hopefully you're young enough to come back again and do another internship. >> yes. brian: now let's capitalize on one of the stories that stephanie led us off with. that's brett favre's comeback. steve: here's the headline in the back of the "new york daily news." "brett farce." meanwhile, you've got the cover of the "the new york post," "stupid brett tricks." like stupid pet tricks. he's back. he's going to be a viking. he's getting $25 million for two years. gretchen: and i say, yippee skippy. brian: here's the deal. at 40 years old he wants to play against the green bay packers. this is all personal. don't you agree? gretchen: this is totally personal. brian: this is about him and his packers. this is really somewhat i think demeaning to his legacy unless, of course, his surgery works and he turns back the clock. gretchen: he does have a tear in the rotator cuff which they've told him is minor enough to have a great season. he will be 40 in october. and here's the bottom line. he never wanted to become a new york jet. i hate to announce to everyone.
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he wanted to become a viking right away to stick it to green bay for sidelining him two years ago so whether or not he actually does a good job remains to be seen. like we said, mark your calendar for october. brian: and in new york they're angry in green bay they're angry. but in minnesota, the headline -- gretchen: "yippee"! >> created like a rock star. gretchen: let's see if he wins in preseason because the tone could change pretty quickly. brian: now another story we've been following. steve: in fact, yesterday we brought you the senior class president of pace high school in santa rosa county, florida, who was not allowed to give a speech which is a long-standing tradition because they were afraid she might say something religious. this particular school has been hauled into court by the aclu. they said that they were promoting religion and stuff like that. and last week we had on this show the principal and the athletic director who are facing
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criminal charges and up to six months in jail because during a luncheon for boosters -- not during school. during a luncheon for the boosters, the principal said to the athletic director, "would you like to say grace." and he did he got reported. and now they face, as i said, six months in jail. plus they got a letter yesterday. gretchen: i can't believe it. if this is where we're going with america, everyone better start paying attention. but what is new today is that they may now lose their retirement benefits. so these two individuals for saying grace at a public event, they now could go to jail and then on top of that would not receive retirement. what will happen to these two men? my goodness. we're going to put these two men in jail and take away what they've worked for for 30, 40 years? it just doesn't make sense to me. brian: here's a letter to the educators. he says -- "the division is tracking a certain criminal
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proceeding now pending for the u.s. district court for the northern district of florida which may result in the forfeiture of these employees' rights and benefits under the f.r.s.." gretchen: that's florida something. retirement services, probably. steve: meanwhile, here are the principal and athletic director on this show last week explaining why they wanted the food blessed. >> i've been a principal for 20 years. it was standard operating procedure, if you will. you know, a traditional thing. most of the people in that -- at that luncheon would have expected the food to be blessed. >> i said a simple blessing over the food as we normally do, as americans do, throughout this nation. congress and legislative bodies do. my friend of over 40 years asked me to bless the food and i did. steve: he did it and now they are facing the music thanks to the aclu. since when does the aclu trump the constitution?
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brian: e-mail us to tell us how you feel about this and where this story should be going rather than where it is going. because it's pretty much in the courts. gretchen: and if it's easier to twitter, you can tweet me on the same topic. i will ask the question right now. brian: it was a big day for me over the weekend. steve doosy decided to -- doocy decided to friend me on twitter. steve: i'm following you. gretchen: don't you spend enough time together? steve: you can never spend enough time with brian. still ahead what has enraged 60,000 of you to a point that you are canceling your aarp membership? two people who did that tell us why they are so fired up and angry at aarp. gretchen: plus a judge forces google to hand over a blogger's identity who called this model some very nasty names online. how does this affect your right to privacy on the web?
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similar benefits from caloric restrictions. critics calling the concept "an illusion." gretchen: international model sues google to reveal the anonymous bloggers responsible for trashing her reputation on web posting. now a new york judge ruled in favor of the model and blogger.com must fork over the identity of this person. brian: judge david young joins us right now. he is live with this ruling and how it affects the blogosphere. is this a good thing in your mind? >> i think it's a great thing. why should those of us in the media have certain restriction that people on the internet do not? it evens the playing field. gretchen: so many people have argued for so long that the internet is slowed on having laws and things that protect kids, etc. what was happening in this case was that this model apparently was the victim of this vicious
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attack by a blogger who only posted bad things about her on this particular blog. right? >> listen, there comes a time where people have got to be responsible for what they say. and the internet for so long has been a medium in which people could say whatever they want no matter how scandalous. now this judge is saying, wait a minute, we don't treat people on the blogs different than people who work for fox news, cnn or the "washington times" or the "miami herald." if you're going to say something and it's platabilitily false, i. >> he fire in a crowded theater, then they're going have to be held responsible to it. that's what this judge has done. when the courts came up with shouting fire in crowded theater, they didn't have any idea there would be an internet. now there's got to be rules and regulations which will in effect cause some responsibility. brian: so you can be as mean as you want. you just can't make things up about somebody.
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how about from the blogger's perspective? i went on blogger.com because i knew i'd be anonymous. now you're changing the rules on me. >> that's absolutely correct and they should change the rules. you can call somebody a horrible person, you can say somebody is totally inept in their political thought or talk about a political issue. but when you get personal like they did about this woman, calling her all of these horrible names totally unfounded, you need to be responsible for that. if you're not going to be responsible for it, you shouldn't say it in the first place. it just makes sense to me. gretchen: it's a landmark case and now they have the e-mail address of that particular blogger. so beware if you're that person. >> people have to beware. you're right. gretchen: i have to wrap it up. thank you. brian: judge david young. meanwhile, straight ahead, time for the aarp to rethink their stance on health care reform perhaps? 60,000 people have canceled their membership in just a month. we'll take you to two seniors who are part of the mass exodus. gretchen: and barney frank
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lashes out on voters at the town hall that he held. >> trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. i have no interest in doing it. gretchen: did he answer any health care questions? more of that heated town hall meeting is straight ahead. >> it's all entearly voluntary. . (miley cyrus) miley cyrus & max azria ♪ now create your own look with my new line miley cyrus & max azria only at walmart. save money. live better. walmart. (announcer) what are you going to miss when you have an allergy attack? achoo! (announcer) benadryl is more effective than claritin at relieving your worst symptoms. and works when you need it most. benadryl. you can't pause life.
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they remove 2 tiliberty . brian: if you haven't checked out foxnation.com, you don't know what you are missing. i will give you an example. read values and read true american stories. top story right now are the dems prepared to go it alone when it comes to health care. the other issue is the public option. what is it about the public option and the president put ton the table that has liberals so mad? why is steve so ready to talk to
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you? those questions answered now. steve: all right, bribe. thanks very much. 60,000 people. that is the number of people who have left or canceled aarp, the american association of retired persons since july 1st. some members are outraged and continue to criticize the over 50 group because of their support for health care reform which the president is pushing right now. two of the 60,000 aarp members are gala and charles tanner. they join from us miami, florida. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> good morning. steve: gala, a couple of weeks ago, you just had had enough. what did you do and why did you do it? >> i cut up our aarp card and mailed it back to them with a letter stating that we did not support their position on supporting the health care reform. steve: charles, what is it that you don't like about aarp?
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seems like their policies have changed here in the last few years. i have been a member for approximately 8 or 10 years. and recently noticed they had been more politicizing their views and points i don't personally agree with therefore, i don't see why my dues so should go pay for something i don't agree with. steve: i understand. gayla, have you in the past felt that aarp was an organization that leaned to the left or leaned to the right? >> i think they have always lean add little more to the left. but this is too far to the left to me. steve: what are you going to do in the future? you had joined because there were some perks involved. now you have canceled your membership. are you going to join another outfit? i was reading this morning about the american senior's association that calls itself
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the conservativive alternative to aarp. >> there is a 60 plus organization also that we have been looking into that we possibly will be joining. steve: charles, you understand that aarp says that they do not back the president's plan. they're just backing health care reform although the president did say the other day that aarp was backing it. did that kind of mix you up? >> yes. it's very confusing. i wendt on their web site and found out that they are -- they are connected with the seiu, very involved with the seiu in backing and sponsoring some of these programs. frankly, i don't trust the seiu. steve: and it's the service employees international union. a great big union. >> right. steve: ladies and gentlemen,
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there you have got two of the 60,000 people who have canceled their aarp memberships since july. gayla and charles tanner thank you for joining us today from sun miami. thank you. >> sure enough, thank you. steve: if you are upset about the way that health care reform is being pushed through and you want answers, stick around. voters are will to take their concerns on the road. we are going to talk to the organizer of new tea party tour about his upcoming protest. plus, it's bill vs. hill at the white house. the clintons are separated during a visit yesterday to the west wing. does it have anything to do with hillary's outburst in africa? remember that? we are going to report. you are going to decide. back in two minutes. if you're like a lot of people,
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gretchen: new die tails coming into the newsroom after six explosions rocked central baghdad while you were sleeping. including blowing out windows in our fox news bureau. 75 people dead. more than 300 are injured. we are live for you in the green zone with the latest details just moments away. brian: hurricane bill rumbling across the atlantic and heading toward the east coast. cat 4 with winds 135 miles per hour. we will tell you where it is heading and when it is going to hit landfall in a matter of moments. steve? steve: very costly misunderstanding. a man loses everything when he is put behind bars for three months. it was all because he was chewing gum. not making that up. our slogan this hour comes from joe in kentucky. when you want the news, it's good and true, watch "fox & friends" with gretchen and those other two. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org--
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gretchen: those other two are steve and brian, and so glad that you would join us this morning. let's get to the town hall that barney frank had n. last night in massachusetts, of course. did you see a snippet of it? he got a little angry. >> we were promised with change you can believe in. so far, if we are going and having all these changes and i haven't got a clue as to what they are, how can i believe in it? how can we trust the government that is shoving things through. [cheers and applause] >> without letting us have a reasonable discussion about it? >> how can you trust the government? let me ape the way i answered before. whoever told you to trust the government you? live in a democracy. don't trust the government. use your own individual initiatives. excuse me, sir, may i respond? >> that's why we are here. steve: don't trust the government. barney frank is part of the government so don't trust me. that's crazy. well, it was at a senior center
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last night in dartmouth, massachusetts. it was extraordinary. you hardly ever see an elected official bad mouth his constituents like barney frank who was frank and quite rude to some. here is another excerpt and he really shook it up. >> i'm just curious, do you really think that's thoughtful conversation? do you really think that advances your argument? i thought you were thoughtful people here to have a conversation. i guess i don't understand -- is it because you don't like what i'm saying that you don't want me to say it? what's the matter with you all? i don't understand your mentality. what do you think do you think you accomplish by yelling? what do you accomplish by yelling? brian: he doesn't take into account. the difference is he is entitled to give his opinion that's how he got the job. that's why he is in politics to make decisions. the problem is listening. he listens and just hears anger and he does the same thing with these constituents, 500 of which showed up last night dartmouth university at the senior center
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there instead of mirroring them and listening to. they he does the same thing with bill o'reilly. are you going to let me finish and let me talk. he is going to do. gretchen: at least is he true to form in both venues. he said you live in a democracy, use your own individual initiatives. that's what people are doing. they are going out to town hall meetings and they are voicing their opinions so they should not be shouted down. as i said earlier every do give him credit for holding the town hall meeting because some politicians have walked away from these town hall meetings because they don't want to face the music. give. steve: give him music for showing up. let's face it, he was down right rude. somebody asked a question and he said on what planet do you spend most of your time? to somebody else he said trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table. barney, they showed up at the senior center in dart fourth in
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last night for some answers. give them answers, don't give them attitude. brian: they do have a tactic. and so far we understand that the democrats and barack obama, in particular, says i want to get health care reform and i'm going toville phi the insurance industry. that's why he calls it health care insurance reform. they have taken it to another level. two powerful house democrats have sent a letter to the major insurance companies asking them to provide detailed information about their conferences, retreats, and executive pay badges for someone making over $500,000. when is that allowed? gretchen: last time i checked insurance companies were private. that's all changed in the last year in america for other companies as well. that name change just happened recently though it was always health care reform. only in the last week or so has the obama administration changed it to health insurance reform. and as you say, i think trying to make the insurance companies
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now the villan in this entire discussion. so, henry waxman of california and bart stew pack of michigan fire off all these letters to the private insurance companies asking for executive pay and whether or not they have been on these trips. to me, this is none of their business, really. a lot of it is public information. if our private company, do you really have to show all of your books? i don't know if you do or not. brian: 2008 to 2008, steve. sorry about that. steve: they are regulated by different agencies of the federal government and state government as well. so it will be interesting to see whether or not these insurance companies who did get this letter, remember it's just a letter. it's just voluntary. it is not a subpoena. it will be interesting to see how many of these insurance cption will actually cough up the information, because, clearly, as we have heard and we just detailed that turn where now they are inserting insurance reform. they are trying to make the insurance companies the boogie man. keep in mind and we have heard
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experts say. this i think karl rove wrote about this in the "wall street journal" two or three weeks ago of people who have insurance in this country right now. 85% of them like it. are satisfied. brian: cigna by the way said i didn't get a letter yet, executive compensation is based on performance. insurance companies should say no. they are not taking so-called tarp money. if they say you can see my contract. let's say they want to go to every network and say i think they are getting paid too much. gretchen: that's an excellent point. they say most of the information is public anyway. expentagon being that these life insurance companies ban together and say they are not going to respond. united health group said they did get the letter and they haven't decided yet: steve: we know things have been
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befuddled with the president's initiative here. they are going to trial direction and show how it is a moral clairive. who is making more than half a million dollars a year. and about these private retreats. they want to say all right, mr. executive from this big insurance company, why did you take everybody to bora bora bora. do you really think that's a good use of your company funds? they are trying to demonize the health care insurance companies which they have done not so effectively in the past. now if they have got extra data they are going to do it again. brian: it beats torah bora. they met in the white house. the topic, the main one at least, bill clinton's visit to kim jong il's north korea and the freeing of those two journalists. is there indeed an opening? what did bill clinton say to president obama?
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was there subtext to this entire meeting? gretchen: interestingly enough, hillary clinton, the secretary of state did not attend that particular meeting, and a lot of people, yeah, they raised an eyebrow they thought why didn't she show up there? she ended up having her own personal meeting with the president. many people are say something it because of what happened when she was over in the congo. you may have seen this before when she got a little sensitive about herr role as secretary of state? >> waited, you want me to tell you what my husband thinks? my husband is not the secretary of state, i am. [inaudible] you ask my opinion, i will tell you my opinion. i'm not going to be channelling my husband. steve: just a little sore there. so hillary spokesman said scheduling conflict. that's why the secretary of state did not appear in the situation room with her husband,who did do the rescue, and the president. because, think about it, if you would have had that picture, who
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would you have looked at? they clearly didn't want to do it. as heard her say in africa. she is secretary of state not her husband. gretchen: she is in a tough spot. she is the secretary of state. had her own meeting with the president after that the obama administration once again wants to put her in the place where she should have been which is the secretary of state. for a while she was invisible. this is a way to show that she is back in that role. we are going to be hearing from her. brian: pictures you saw stacked on top of each other didn't look happy. hank says president obama is getting the message you have to elevate hillary clinton and that's the only reason for that she met -- five hours before. buy think that the secretary of state should be in on the highest level contact we have had with north korea, one of the axis of evil members. steve: you would think so. she is the secretary of state as we heard her say and, yet, it was her husband who delivered the biggest diplomatic coup of
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this administration. gretchen: we need to start with a fox news alert. headlines this morning, at least 60 people dead after six explosions in baghdad. more than 300 people were wounded. car bombs went off near iraq building. mortar attacks city after that. adding to the destruction. live report from baghdad coming up. american held captive in myanmar coming home today. john board affidavit plane in hang cock where weighs 70 yap and then spend two years at a thy hospital. seven years hard labor after visiting opposition leader. >> jim webb negotiated his releels earlier this week. update now on that story we have been telling but regarding milwaukee mayor tom barrett and the beating he took while trying
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to save a grandmother. the mayor is out of the hospital after being attacked with a metal pipe. >> here is the 911 call after the attack happened. >> gretchen: the mayor suffered a broken happened and lost a few of his teeth in that attack. let's take a look at hurricane bill. steve: bill is out in the atlantic, gresmen as you can see right now. it's that big blob. it is huge now. it is a category 4 with maximum sustained winds of about 135 miles per hour. they are forecasting that by the end of the week it should take a right turn. we're hoping it does not impact coastal augers. and, in fact, goes harmlessly out to sea. out in the way of bermuda. meanwhile as you can see some widely scattered showers from the plains to northern plains.
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quick scan of the next warm. northern plains has singts out in the front range. if you are in atlanta, georgia and you are near the bank and it's got the flashing temperature it's probably flashing 73. at least that's the airport temperature. 13 minutes after the top of the hour. gretchen: imagine being arrested and spending three months in prison just for chewing roll aids and a little gum? that's what happened to done may, weighs chewing roll ladies and gum at a traffic light. police thought it was crack cocaine and gusted him on possession charges. he spent three months in jail before state of florida tested the substance and found it to be harmless. mace attorney has filed a federal suit. steve: does crack cocaine settle your upset stomach? brian: i'm not going to try it.
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>> tea party protests across the country. one of the biggest movement sacramento. one group take grievances on the road. tea party express will make 35 stops across the country. giving americans constructive outlet in which to share their concerns on health care and i imagine more. gretchen: yep, like spending or something like that. mark williams the vice chair of our country deserves better political action committee is also the organizer of the tea party express. he joins us live from sacramento. good morning to you, mark. >> good morning, guys. bright and early morning to you. one the organizers. we are working with a whole bunch of people across the country. unlike the characterization people on the unholy left.
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this is grass roots. all we are doing is hurting cats. we are hurting lots of them i hope. gretchen: that's been the implication has it not that you are a fringe element. put that to rest this morning once and for all. who is going to be joining you on this caravan? >> we have a wonderful group of folks. blue star mom, she and i have worked on many campaigns over the years. we will be joined by local dignitaries. local tea party people. tea party patriots have been outstanding across the country. getting venues and turn people out. we are bringing musical acts. patriotic music and such basically giving people constructive outlet. holding our own legitimate town hall meetings across the country as opposed to the staged ones that the president has been putting on obama care health care insurance reform whatever they changed the name from
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day-to-day. that seems to be the touch stone. it's got everything. government intrusion, wasteful spending it's let's get this done before we read it the bill written in margin. 10 pounds, 4 and a half inches thick. written in some bizarre language that nobody can understand not even the president. it all kind of comes together there. this is very important we at the tea party express.org are as a diversion group of people politically as you could possibly ask for. did you that great story on barney frank. he was com when i lived in massachusetts. everything you saw at the town hall meeting. brian: barney frank agrees with you, don't trust the government he doesn't realize is he in it but we will tell him later. >> represented by him. brian: congratulations in all your success. tea party express and you are just one of the organizers, thanks, mark.
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gretchen: she was in the middle of telling a story about battling cancer in the town hall in texas when this happened. >> come on, dude. gretchen: that woman now issuing a challenge to her congresswoman by youtube. will she get what she wants? we will talk to her live next. >> controversial new peta billboard calling overweight women whales. fair and balanced debate next.
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>> 35 the average age of video gamers according to a new study. also says those gamers are more likely to be depressed and overweight. 19, that's the age of the smashing pumpkins new drummer. teenage mike burn won an open competition and play with the band in upcoming tour, if he is not playing before a football
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game in high school. 50, that's how long joe traxler worked for twinkies. he started when you could buy a two packs for 9 cents. now he has got to go bake sponge on his own. gretchen: thanks, brian. it started with that phone call that led to on air apology sheila jackson lee to the town hall attendee she insulted while talking on the phone during that woman's question. now that town haller, a cancer survivor and single mom is challenging congress lee to a debate. let's take a listen to the challenge tracy issued ton a youtube video. >> this time i think it is even more important that you and other members of congress hear equally from myself and others who believe that hr 3200 is bad for america and why it is bad for america. i would like to invite to you have this dialogue in a public
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forum or debate which is acceptable to you whoa, tracy girl joins us to tell us more about this video challenge. good morning to you. >> good morning. steve: that is brilliant. sheila jackson lee from your district in the houston area she had said well well i'm sorry tracy i hope you will come to a town hall. steve: you turned it around i will come to your town hall but i want to debate the issue. who came up with this idea? >> a friend of mine and myself both were thinking of it when we talked the next day following her interview with greta van susteren we decided that we wanted to videotape a response. >> tracy, one of the things that sheila jackson lee has said, the congresswoman if you came to one of her town hall meetings again that she would be able to convince you why her idea of health care reform would be a good idea for you what would you say to her about why it wouldn't
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wouldn't? >> well, first of all i don't want my health care rationed. most of america agrees with that i don't want some agency that's part of a huge government bureaucracy getting in the middle and saying these tests are ok and these procedures are ok and other ones are not. there is also over 1,000 pages of this bill there are several things in here which we could debate there are several studies that are recommended that should have been done prior to this legislation ever being written. we should are consider all of these issues one issue at a time, one bill at a time on their own merit. rather than throw all of this out for a vote now. steve: i know you are passionate about this issue as a cancer survivor yourself. and you obviously studied the facts so it would be a great debate. all you need now is sheila jackson lee. have you heard from her office yet since your challenge? >> they have not called me.
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i did call her office yesterday. she was not there. steve: that's so unusual because she is on the phone a lot from some video i have seen. >> right. but i did leave a message and my contact information for them. and wanted to make sure that they knew about my invitation for discussion on the issue. i told them i would like to talk about something besides cell phones that i'm sure that the congresswoman didn't expect all of this. and neither did i. steve: i understand. because she did issue that public appeal for you to go to one and then you have since challenged her, it would be rude if they did not get back to you because you are one of the most famous constituents now she has got in her district. >> i'm actually not had her direct. i went to the meeting. steve: in her district. >> right. but i'm not one of her constituents. i'm not a resident in her
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district. i actually went because her decisions impact my life. i wanted to voice my concerns. >> did you just that, tracy. keep us posted. let us know what happens in this developing story. thanks for being our guest. >> thanks. >> just started of being tested. already the schools are giving the h1n1 vaccine to kids. one school starting today. is it too soap and do we know if it's safe? we will report and you decide. steve: then, in tough economic times, how can you cash in on back to school savings? dave ramsey answers that question and so many more in about two minutes. gretchen: trying to add a little think zel to the rodeo. why grown men are riding pigs for fun. bringing on the bacon. paying $8 a day for lunch
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it blew the members out of the fox news bureau in the greens zone. category four and gaining strength lie the hour right now as big as the state of colorado spinning out there toward the caribbean. it has maximum sustained winds of 135 miles per hour. here is the track. one of the projections. have it as you can see skimming the east coast next week. it's probably not actually going to hit the u.s. probably closer to bermuda than coastal u.s. meanwhile in beaumont, texas, cleanup underway after a tornado dropped down into a shopping center area. punched in the roof of one store. overturned some cars and sent shopping carts in all directions. several minor injuries were reported down there in beaumont, texas. gretch. gretchen: long-time tv commentator and columnist robert novak has died. he was 7 and had been diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer.
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most noted for outing cia agent valerie plame which led to scooter libby's conviction for perjury. he chided supporters for not pushing president bush more on in iraq. >> the question that was not asked enough what is a residual force? he says he is going to keep a residual force to train the iraqi forces and train our diplomats and officials. that's about 50,000 troops. gretchen: novak wrote inside washington with rolland evans for 30 years and then by himself for another seven. one missouri hospital will begin testing the h1n1 vaccine in kids today. each child will get two shots three weeks apart. dose to see if it works faster or better. they will be compensated for them time and travel next hour national association of school
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nurses. due to lack of funds, vaccines are in short supply. she is concerned who go give students vaccines. steve: plane held on tarmac for five hours with the bathrooms closed and crying babies. many of the passengers say they are getting ripped off by continental airlines. continental sent the 4 the passengers a package with an apology letter and promised to refund the tickets as well as $200 flight voucher and $50 gift card. several of the passengers say the voucher won't even call it a round trip flight. they call it a shut up package. continental has not yet commented on those new complaints. brian: don't speed in this neighborhood unless you want your car to get pelted with paint balls. it hasn't happened yet. residents in durham, north carolina says they are tired of people speeding up their street. they have put up a warning sign
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hoping to deter fast drivers. is that allowed? >> i think it's very good sign. it shows that there so some initiative in our neighborhood. >> i thought it was good fun. i'm not sure anybody will actually get plugged with a paint pellet but we will see. brian: even though speeding is illegal. it's also illegal to shoot cars with paint balls that could make things worse. gretchen: imagine riding on the back of a 285 oinking flesh for a chance at 500 bucks. check out this video. that's what 40 men and women did at the annual pig rodeo in western japan. needless to say no riders could hogger on for more than a few seconds. we are just hearing about it now it's the 26th year in existence. looks like fun because you are close to the ground. steve: why is this being hushed up by the mainstream media some kids already back to schooling. in this economy stosm parents are are struggling with
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supplies. brian: dave ramsey here to answer your questions. >> i know nothing about pig rodeos. brian: ask the question and you start answering. question from karen. blurch brian: what do you think about tying the work to non-money perks instead? how do you feel about that? >> we had three types of chores around our house when our kids were growing up. one type of chore you did because you got paid for it those were paid you are on commission. allowance sounds like welfare. we don't like welfare. you are on commission and you get paid if you do the job. you don't get paid if you don't do the job. the problem is you turn them into union negotiators if that's the only way they do work. you have to teach them also that hey, you are part of the family. i love your mom so i help her
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clean the table in the afternoon, after we have our evening dinner so you are going to help too. i don't know i guess i'm an old fashioned parent if i do this i will make another one that looks just like you. i will take you out. you will do some things because you are part of the family or there is discipline involved. we love our children. there is other things do you for money because we are trying to create teachable moments with money. gretchen: that totally makes sense. steve: i love the idea commission. that's fantastic. commission to cassandra. she writes. >> dependent on what you would have spent on her anyway.
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whatever you are going to allocate to you're teenager's life. we quit buying our teenagers clothing directly when they were about 15 or 16 because we had them on this other plan when we were they were younger they knew about saving and spending wisely. we put them on a check account. this is what we are going to spend on you anyway. here it is at the first of the month. we will walk with you while you manage it we didn't turn them loose. one of their chores then they actually had to balance the checking account under our watchful eye. do that for two or three years and learn how to shop at old navy rather than the expensive mall store, when they go to college, i never had a college student two, of them through cleaning so far bounce a check or call home for extra money. they have learned how to live on that. brian: and they have overdraft. >> no, they don't. gretchen: i bet they don't at dave ramsey's house.
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gretchen: the credit credit card laws have changed now under 21 you can't even get a credit card now. >> right. unless you are cosigned by your parents which would label them as stupid. but, anyway, yeah, the debit card is the same situation. my teenagers carry a debit card, a visa debit card. we have got to be very, very clear with them with lots of open discussions like we where other dangerous things that debird gone. >> nice. steve: doesn't that guy have a pair of scissors? >> woo! brian: great job as always.
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>> the word evil is very powerful. just last year senate majority leader harry reid used evil to describe terrorists. >> terrorists around of the world there is only few thousand of them. the only thing we can do with them is kill them or capture them. we need to have those people understand, sympathizers that we are good, we are trying to improve the world. they shouldn't sympathize with these evil people. steve: there is he talking about terrorists. just this week harry also used the word evil to describe americans exercising their disapproval with health care reform. >> the american people through this loud mega phone that's out there of talk radio blowing sphere and cable tv trumpets all these misapprehensions,
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misconceptions and lies. speak out against these people who i describe as evil mongers. who are trying to take away our country from us. brian: sounded like he stumbled into that word. he describes them that way. "wall street journal" columnist is here. turned that table on two distinct group. bill, is this an interesting place to use the word evil? what stands out to you about that? i think it's extraordinary. what i wrote about is when the two previous republican candidates used the word, they use word like iran and soviet europe to. use did for citizens is extraordinary. steve: does it come down to the liberal mind set? >> some of it what they have is they are for the first time being called to account for. this second, they are never called to account for this kind of language in the media. brian: what kind of price has he paid for using that word? >> i don't think he has paid any price. i think slowly this erodes the
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white house and democratic credibility in terms of the reform because it just further angers the people that have showing up. >> speaking of anger you have got steny hoyer and nancy pelosi they wrote that op ed for "u.s.a. today" where they referred to the disrupters or people noisy as unamerican. >> yes. >> then of course you have got barn from frank. we will show that video where essentially he was calling his constituents idiots. >> i don't know what it says about proposal when rather than debate the proposal you attack senior citizens coming down and expressing their opinion. it does distract you from the substance. bill, in the big picture he is in a race to retain his seat in nevada. >> right. i think these are the things that are kind of inadvertent it shows sort of the arrogance of washington toward ordinary people. for most people they can't see their congressman. or if they call, there is a
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whole network that they have to get passed. the town hall is one of the few places a an ordinary american can go see his or her representative. steve: it's democracy in action it? >> is it is a great thing. a lot of them don't seem to like the action thee days. >> they don't. steve: thank you for joining us. >> thank you. meanwhile, straight ahead. did peta cross the line with this billboard flat out calling overweight people and overweight women whales. the animal rights activists are here to defend their side of the weight debate next. steve: then another story we have been following, a school down in florida that had the two educators, the principal and athletic director arrested for blessing the food at a meeting with adults only. now not only could they fates jail time they could lose their pensions after decades with the school. what is going on in florida. brian: today is august 19, 2009, on this day in history, in case you don't remember, 142,
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gretchen: you will want to pay attention to this story. peta referring to over with women as whales. trendiness now, a registered
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dietitian, and a peta spokesperson. i will give you the first crack at this. how do you see this billboard as inspiring to women who may be battling --? >> you hear about women trying to slim down for the summer. what you do not hear people talking about is that a vegetarian diet is the best way to lose weight and keep it off. vegetarians weighed 10 pounds to 20 pounds less. the message is that it is the most effective way to improve your health. gretchen: is it the best way to lose weight? >> first of all, i want to say that this billboard is humiliating.
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vegetarianism can be helpful if it is properly planned. we look at a lot of studies and make conclusions and recommendations to the public. based on all of that, a vegetarian diet can be hopeful it is planned properly. it has not been proven to be more effective. gretchen: dan, isn't peta's attempt to get a lot of attention? to call women whales -- it is so incredibly insensitive. >> it is certainly provocative. the idea of weight-loss and obesity in general is an uncomfortable topic. gretchen: is this the way to do it? to call women whales? >> look at the other way. we are constantly bombarded with advertisements selling buckets of fried chicken and a double quarter pounder with cheese.
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none of the studies mentioned that it is full of fat and cholesterol. it puts people at risk for cancer, heart disease, and stroke. gretchen: if peta please up a billboard showing a bunch of vegetables, nobody would look at it. >> that is true. the bottom line with the control is to cut your calories come increase physical activity, and get support from others. there is no one size fits all diet. vegetarianism can be helpful if it is properly planned. you need to plan and follow a program that works for you in your lifestyle. gretchen: i know that peta wants to be taken seriously. don't these kind of attack ads decrease the effectiveness? >> i think people can see through the provocative nature.
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gretchen: really? i do not see anything about peta. i do not really get the message, other than insulting. >> we do have our web site, peta.org where people can read the fullback story, which is that e.d. meat can lead to cancer, heart disease, and stroke. -- eating meat can lead to cancer, heart disease, and stroke. gretchen: 1eating meat in moderation is also healthy. >> absolutely. they can't all fit into a healthy, balanced diet. gretchen: party are starting to turn against him now. and the answer to the question of the day is jonathan frakes. cost less at walmart.
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[captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- gretchen: hope your having a great wednesday morning. this is a fox news alert. chilling new video about a deadly attack in the baghdad green zone. bombs exploded this morning and blowing out the windows of our own fox news bureau. steve: a health-care confrontation you have never seen before. congressman barney frank starts attacking the same people put him in office.
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>> i am trying to have a conversation with you. it would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. i have no interest in doing it. steve: is a sweet talker. is this really the way democrats are defending their plan for health care? brian: i do not think so. two officials at the school are facing jail time for saying a prayer before lunch. now they lose their pensions. from tim in st. petersburg -- i will still watch "fox & friends" as i cry. gretchen: this is a fox news alert. we're now hearing that 75 people have died after six explosions in central baghdad earlier this morning.
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local police say as many as 300 people have been wounded. car bombs went off near the iraqi parliament building, not far from the green zone. mortar attacks after that, adding to the destruction. this is a fox news alert. we are going to talk about hurricane bill. it is not a category four storm. it is making its way toward the united states it probably will not get the united states. steve: it is a huge storm. has intensified to 135 m.p.h. maximum sustained wind. they are suggesting, according to the computer projections, that it will take a hard right turn to the coastal u.s. could be affected by some rough surf, but it should be closer to bermuda than the coast of the united states. gretchen: this is a fox news alert. afghanistan bracing for
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tomorrow's presidential elections as gunfire and explosions rocked kabul. the country has faced days of pre-election violence. yesterday, a nato convoy was bombed, killing eight people. their concerns about post- election violence, similar to what happened in iran. police want to talk to a reality show contestant this morning of remodels debts. jasmine foire body was found in a california trash can, stuffed in a suitcase. jenkins reported her missing on saturday, the same date her body was found. the couple were traveling to san diego for a poker tournament. he says he will cooperate with police. it woman is facing felony
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charges under the new site verbally -- new cyver bully law. she included a hurls photo, phone number, and even her e- mail address. her attorney says nothing shows the client made contact with the alleged victim. an iowa woman missing for five days has been rescued, surviving with a bottle of water and two cans of mountain dew. >> she could hear the boat's going by. she was down in such a big hole that nobody could see her. gretchen: rescue workers pulled her from the river after a man walking his dog spotted her raft. despite being sunburned and severely dehydrated, she is doing remarkably well.
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steve: what happens to our elected officials when they spent decades in washington, d.c.? they forget about the little guys back at home. take a look at a very polite discourse between barney frank and the people who showed up at his town hall last night in massachusetts. >> you are going to bankrupt this country, you and the democrats. you are making a mistake. >> i do not understand your mentality. what do you think we will accomplish by yelling? when you are through yelling, call me. are you incapable of a conversation where you talk and i talk and we do not interrupt? i do not ask you to trust me. i ask you to have a civil conversation. >> can you pledged that a new government single payer system is institute, that he will opt out of your cadillac insurance, and into the same one that we will be forced to take? >> the government is not the church.
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socialism is taking money that people do not want to give, assuming that you can do better with that money than they can. >> i disagree. is medicare bankrupt? no, it is not technically bankrupt. if we had not gone into the war in iraq, we would have more than enough money to pay for health care. brian: by the way, that is not true. it is important for barney frank -- he seems to feel as though he is superior to everyone in the world. there is nothing more offensive than try to speak to someone who thinks i have the ivy league education and 91 who keeps winning the elections. how much longer do have to be here? steve: there were some extraordinary other sound bites. at some point, after somebody asked him a question, he said, on what planet do you spend most of your time?
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maybe barney frank has spent a little too much time in washington, d.c. away from real people. real people have real questions through rather than answers, a lot of those folks got attitude. gretchen: it was standing room only. a lot of people are still coming out to these events. to me, that is encouraging could to show the effect that a lot of americans do care. they are going out there to voice their opinions. that is what democracy. is. brian: and there are more democrats in massachusetts than anywhere else in the country. last night i saw the headline that said "the new york times" will have the story that the democrats might be looking to give up. gretchen: there's one thing certain about that. that is mike emanuel at the
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white house. can you answer that question? did you hear what he said? >> yes, absolutely. all indications that the democrats are thinking about going it alone because of big judgments they have made based on republicans. like robert gibbs said yesterday, there are only a handful of republicans who may be on board with comprehensive health care reform. one idea that is considered at the white house, can they go at it alone? the president has expressed concern about that. he does not want this to be a one-party town. at the end of the day, they have staked a lot of things on health care reform. they may try to do it themselves. brian: they are really looking to senator chuck grassley. when he was getting the sense from his own evil in iowa, he knew he could not go alone -- he
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could not go it alone. >> the party of -- six in the of they have been looking for a bipartisan compromise. senator grassley has mentioned the death panels, which the white house have fought hard to say it is not part of the health-care reform. they may not have that allied that they're counting on in these negotiations. steve: i'm was reading in your hometown newspaper, "the washington post" how the white house was caught off guard for this squabble within the party. if the president is not going to have the public option, then i cannot vote for it. according to the white house adviser, he said, i do not understand why the left of the left has decided this is their waterloo.
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>> kathleen sebelius floated a trial balloon that the public option is not essential, and the left went crazy about it. you heard harry reid push back. you heard the congressional black caucus push back. and then, they said, nothing has changed, the president still favors the public option. they got a lot of heat for that. steve: have you ever heard barney frank say to anybody -- having a conversation with you is like talking to the dining room table? >> i have not heard him say that. there are certainly a lot of people in washington that you could say that about. gretchen: [laughter] no kidding. that is called being a politician. mike emanuel, thank you. let's talk about a story that has gotten a lot of you infuriated because it is hard to figure out. it is a school story in
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pensacola, florida. last week, we were telling you how the principle and the athletic director were at a school event. the principal asked the athletic director to say grace before the meal. apparently that it violated a court injunction to they could face up to six months in jail. they could also lose their retirement benefits. the jail seems absurd. to lose something that they worked for for 35 years, you have to ask yourself where this country is going. steve: that is a facsimile of the letter that was received. this is from the administration in florida.
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steve: i think that is for debt retirement service. we ask you for e-mails regarding this. keep in mind, the principal asked the athletic director to say grace in a situation where there are no students. it was just adults. and yet they face jail time and losing their pensions. here are some of the e-mails. gretchen: it is outrageous to the principal and athletic director are not the ones on trial. is there christian beliefs. in this case, to be thrown out. it will go to trial on september 17. this will be an amazing case to follow. brian: president obama takes his
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brian: president obama is having a hard time selling his government run health care. critics say he has focused too much on the logistics and the legislation and not enough on the moral reasons for the reform.
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joining us right now is an news columnist, and national review writer. do you have a problem with the presentation, or is health care just impossible to sell to a diverse population? >> it is hard to sell, but obama did not put out his own plan. that is the problem. there are five bills in congress. people are focused on the worst parts. the only way the president will salvage this if he stops all the confusion and put out his own plan and tells people how it will affect temper. brian: the president is great at telling a personal story and bring up a motion could he is talking with passion. you cannot do that unless you tell the family story. >> in this way, he has become too arrogant. we have seen him use scare tactics before. i think we will see that again.
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we'll see him projecting a pandemic. brian: dick said over the weekend, watch the white house, into the conversation -- watch swine flu, into the conversation >>? >> we saw today that they might be in the sizing the moral imperative. that is what people -- right now, the opposition that is tearing the democrats is not from the right wing or the conservatives that are shown on the tv, but from seniors and independents, but especially seniors who feel this talk of cost savings and feel it is coming from medicare. brian: republicans are not going to help us here -- can this be a one-party ram-this-through?
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>> i think that would be a disaster. brian: even with the majority's? >> the majorities are temporal. i think the biggest problem the obama administration will have going forward is there's confusion. they have got to clear up the confusion and pass their own bill. >> majorities are not just tumbrel, but also nominal. you have the blue dogs going to town halls and hearing from the constituents. what in the world were you thinking? seniors are not just write about medicare, but also debt and deficit. brian: and they're sounding off about the last six months. we're going to take a timeout. straight ahead, senate majority leader harry reid is calling town hall protesters evil?
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apprehensions -- all these misapprehensions'. these people lied described as evil maunders -- the people i describe as evil mauongers. brian: imagine if tradent lott have said that. >> there's such a double standard. demonizing these protesters, calling them to well-dressed to be unorganized, as barbara boxer said. the backlash is incredible. 60% of americans believe the protesters are well-behaved. brian: dave, which is found out that obama did not say that, but congressional leaders seem to be hurting him. >> this is a big problem. obama is now married to the
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democrats in congress tree that is probably the worst thing that happened in his entire administration treat congress is probably the most dysfunctional and dom institution in america. -- dumb institution in america. you talk about why is the message models come in a large part it is because obama does not have the megaphone to himself. some of them are out of control. a lot of them are scared and confused. that will be the challenge for the president, to bring clarity to this process. he has got to have his own plan. brian: is there somebody else to talk about his plan? when others go out, it seems to get worse. >> it is not the worst idea, but it is up there. they are incredibly unpopular figures. he is like biden in his
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inability to control what he says sometimes. the overlearned the lessons from the clinton administration. there were too heavy-handed with congress and try to dictate the congress. the obama administration took the opposite approach. let's say to congress, figure out health care on your own. what ended up was a mess. brian: this is what it's going on and the democrats -- there's no republican necessarily stepping up and say i will fill the gap. >> no, i do not think any republican once this bill with the public option. whether it is public option for the kellogg, it is only trojan horse for the system. . >> republicans have put forward some alternative. since it is not really on the
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off throughout the city, adding to the destruction. steve: hurricane bill is now a dangerous category four and gained strength this morning. it is as big as the state of colorado and moving east. some computer models have it coming ashore. close to the eastern coast of the united states. others show it closer to bermuda. the storm seems to be strengthening. there is a possibility it could become a category five. regardless of whether it comes ashore, the east coast will have to deal with strong branwinds ad heavy surf. brian: man arrested twice for attempting to stalk miley cyrus.
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at one point, he told police that he was secretly engaged to her. the hearing was postponed until next tuesday because the state wants more time to review evidence. gretchen: hundreds of people, including the fbi are now searching for the missing georgia mother who authorities believe may have been ad bducted. people are wanting to know whether or not investigators are closer to finding this woman. >> they are going to scale back the ground search today. they have been searching the woods and everything around the area. last night they conducted an intense search of the field where her cell phone was found. unfortunately, investigators were not able to get anything different or anything like that.
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as of today, they will scale back. the fbi is coming in today will take over the investigation. a family is holding on to help. they say that as a former probation officer, they hope for self-defense training will help her and the lead to her safe return. i am standing in front of the state road where they found the cellphone. they think it is possible that you ever to occur ended up going north to either tennessee or north carolina. the family and investigators want everyone to take a close look at her picture and be on the lookout for anyone who might fit her description. gretchen: she was a former probation officer. when we spoke to the family members yesterday, they were thinking about the possibility that someone that she may have met in the prison system may have had a grudge against her. can you share any more information on possible person who may have done this to her?
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>> investigators said they are looking into that. because she came into contact with some of the prisoners, they are definitely looking into that. they have interviewed over 180 sex offenders in georgia and tennessee. at this time, they say they have no suspects. gretchen: it is a scary situation for that family. thank you very much. steve: in missouri, one hospital will begin testing the h1n1 vaccine nine kids later today. each child will get two shots three weeks apart. some will get a higher dose to see if it works faster or better. families in the study will be compensated for time and travel. we will talk to a member of the national association of school nurses who says that due to a lack of funding, school nurses are very much in short supply. and there's concern about who will give students these vaccines. gretchen: right before he said i
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do, a groom says the day. he heard a man yelling for his granddaughter. he immediately jumped into the nearby mississippi river and rescued the girl. >> i jumped over the railing and ran into the water's edge. i looked down and saw someone treading water with a little girl. there seemed to be heard. they were both scared. gretchen: he said the grandfather shook his hand to thank him, but it all happened so fast that he never even got their names. brian: monday on our show, a 10- year-old and her father -- she got a summons for setting up a lemonade stand in new york city. >> because it was a hot day. also, i have always wanted to do
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a lemonade stand. brian: the proceeds were going to charity. this morning we can tell you that the summons have been squashed by the parks commissioner. the officer has been sent for retraining. steve: so they ripped up the ticket. i always thought that -- yesterday, the president of the united states was in the situation room would bill clinton did remember, bill clinton to the rescue on august 4 when he helped spring the two american journalists. there is some of that stuff for he was in north korea. the president of the united states said of would like to talk to you and find out what you learned. here we are a couple of weeks later. yesterday, the president was in the situation room debriefing
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the president of the united states. bill clinton and hillary clinton and both had meetings with the president, but not together. gretchen: first, you might wonder about the timing. so much time has passed. also, it is interesting timing because he could have met with president clinton well hillary clinton was away on the african nation tour so they would not have this weird moment. the rebels scheduled for meetings. hillary clinton did not show up for the meeting. -- were both the schedule for meetings. she had her own meeting with president obama. the politics of that are very important. president obama has come under fire for really hiding hillary since she began secretary of state. brian: there's no doubt about it. there's no doubt that hillary
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needs to be elevated. steve: the president's dollars under by spring in the -- the president still for thunder. briansteve: something like thatt make you angry like this. >> you want me to tell you what my husband thinks? my husband is not the secretary of state. i am. so you ask my opinion and i will tell you my opinion. i will not be channeling my husband. gretchen: i sort of understand where she is coming from. the other reason why she may not have gone to that meeting with president obama and former
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president bill clinton is because the whole idea of the secretary of state involved in the north korea situation was touchy. maybe they are still trying to keep her away from that. steve: but by not appearing together, people are asking why they were not together? if the president is going to have a meeting -- hillary does work for the president. you would think they could both be in the top same room at the same time. brian: e-mail us and we will find out what you think about that. gretchen: are town hall protesters drowned not the real message, or is the obama administration pushing a plan that nobody wanted part of question marks steve: they were supposed to be on the front lines badly in the swine flu, but there might not be enough of them -- they are supposed to be
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steve: president obama having trouble getting the public on board his health care reform plan. checkout this cartoon. in the background, you can see people holding up signs. the man in the lower right-hand corner is on the phone. he says, like to report some fishy information to the have dropped that program. there's a lot of confusion about the administration's messages.
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it is mixed. >> as i have said yesterday and earlier today, the president, the administration's position, is unchanged. we have a goal of posturing choice and competition in the private health insurance markets. the president prefers the public option as a way of doing that. if others have ideas, we are open to those ideas. steve: he did not say it was mandatory, but professopreferre. peter johnson, jr. is here. >> according to robert gibbs, the message is that somehow government should create competition for private industry and the message has not changed. the problem is there's a tremendous amount of cynicism, distrust, skepticism, and anxiety on behalf of maybe 75%
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of americans in a bunch of polls. it says, we are concerned about rising prices. we are concerned about not having our own doctor. we are concerned about law lines. we are concerned about access. steve: and 85% say that the insurance policy they have, they like. here is a gallup poll. the president is now at his lowest approval rating purity is also at the highest disapproval rating. -- the president is now at his lowest approval rating. he is also at his highest disapproval rating. americans say, this is not the change i voted for. >> a lot of people say, i voted for the president. i'm an independent. i'm even a republican. i've voted for the president and
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i thought this was going to happen. i did not believe that my doctor, in treating me, would care more about a collective, about social justice, the mother might lung infection gets k cured. whether i should take a painkiller instead of an operation. i called it big gove care. they like to call it the public option and all these fancy names. big gov care is carrying a lot of people. the biggest reason is americans see themself as victims, not as the beneficiaries. did i do something to the federal government to marry them punishing me -- merit them punishing me? to take away the benefits that i
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have under the present system? steve: that makes perfect sense when you looked at your second point, which is the fear of going backwards, not forward. >> talk about going backward. lose the coverage that i did not have 30 years ago or 40 years ago that i gained over time. to lose the opportunity for a cure. a doctor wrote yesterday about the hopes of health care could be aspire to live. -- when they go to the doctor, we aspire to live. if we get in a situation recess, you can do with the x-ray when there is a ct stand that will be better. you can do with the medicine and take away the pain, and not do
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what the of replacement. -- and not have the upper placement. the final point is that people are cynical. they say, listen, mr. president, mr. gibbs, kathleen sebelius, you have not appointed a director of medicare and medicaid. it is almost nine months into the administration. people say, we will have more care for more people and we are going to do it for less. steve: gretpeter johnson, jr., people have a lot of questions. you have a lot of answers. thank you very much for dropping by. straight ahead, they have a tough task, keeping kids say from diseases. this year, especially with the swine flu. are there enough school nurses to go around next year? maybe not. now let's go upstairs to bill hemmer.
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gretchen: many of us are getting ready to send our kids back-to- school, we want to keep them healthy and protect them from the h1n1 virus, or what we know as the swine flu. steven -- steve: 25 % of
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schools, due to lack of funds, do not have nurses their full time. martha, good morning. i know what you are talking about. at one of my kids' schools that had a part-time nurse. if you were unfortunately sick while she was at a different school, you were out of luck. >> that is the situation around the country. 45% of schools have a full-time nurse, 45% to not have one at all. gretchen: what would the impact be with the unknown of the swine flu for this fall? we do not know if there will be an outbreak in schools. what will the impact be if there is not enough nurses? >> the nurse will be able to evaluate children when they
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arrive at school, they will be able to tell if the child has flew like says -- symptoms, they will be able to send them home. schools with school nurses will be more likely to keep kids in school, an advantage to families and businesses that rely on the parents to be at work and not called away. steve: this is not theoretical, one of the first swine flu outbreaks was here in the united states, and it was a school nurse that put it together. >> that is right. school nurses are conducting surveillance every day. lots of other diseases, they are fighting them all, working with local health departments to prevent epidemics and outbreaks of infectious disease.
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gretchen: hopefully it will not take a huge outbreak of disease to realize that we need to vote more funding to these school programs. thank you for being our guest. >> thank you. steve: people need to contact their school board to make sure there are enough nurses. we will continue our show in two minutes. antioxidants and vitamins help reveal a younger-looking appearance in five days. try new olay complete ageless. [ thinking ] burning, itching... but the pain's the worst. i shoulda used... [ bump ] [ male announcer ] preparation h cream. burning, itching, plus maximum strength pain relief, on contact. the most complete relief, from preparation h. pain relief on contact. a very important phone call i made. when i got my medicare card... i realized i needed... an aarp medicare supplement insurance card too. one simple call... gave me the chance to talk...
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